It looks a lot like this, only it's legs and thorax are entirely black, the abdomen is black on the bottom but bright red on top with a block spot in the middle, and it has teal (greenish-blue) coloured eyes. I just found it in my window seal.
It looks a lot like this, only it's legs and thorax are entirely black and it has teal (greenish-blue) coloured eyes. I just found it in my window seal.
Nah. That's just a jumping spider. Harmless to humans. That array of eyes up there is used to aim at the spot they want to hop to and the prey they want to capture. They don't typically spin webs, so they just hang out and capture insects. Probably belongs outside though as they typically live on the underside of leaves and flowers.
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Jumping spiders are amongst the most fascinating and sophisticated invertebrates. They are the only one amongst their category than can stare at your face, thanks to their very developed eyes (which can perceive details and colours with high resolution).
And even if they are very small, their brain can weight up to 25% of their body mass. These creatures don't rely only on instinct (like insects would do), they can learn, they are often very curious and have a complex mating ceremony.
So please, don't kill it. Jumping spiders are harmless, funny to observe and can help you get rid of some annoying flies and mosquitoes.
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When I was a kid, I couldn't even touch PICTURES of spiders in my large science books, it freaked me out too much; I'd open the pages with a ruler and stare from a distance with morbid curiosity.
Sort of like now, sitting about 3' away from my monitor just in case this crazy thing somehow jumps at my face, and yet unable to look away.
The science lesson is definitely interesting, though. I didn't know all those facts about jumpers.
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There was one on a pier where I was sitting one day. And it kept hanging out near me, staring at me. It was adorable. I'd wave my fingers above it, and it would do a little halfway defense posture, but it never exactly ran away. I think it thought my hair was like giant silk strands. I had a distinct suspicion it would try to jump onto them.
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They are cute, insofar as a spider can be cute, and even then only from a distance. But there's always something weirdly *conscious* about jumping spiders. Like they actually understand they're interacting with another being (me) or something. It freaks me out a little. Maybe I should keep one as a pet?
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